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Alaska (1996)

While searching for their missing father in the mountains of Alaska, two siblings come across a baby polar bear on the run from a pair of poachers.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jessie Barnes
... Sean Barnes
... Jake Barnes
... Perry
... Koontz
... Ben
Ben Cardinal ... Charlie
Ryan Kent ... Chip
... Sgt. Grazer
Dolly Madsen ... Mrs. Ben
... Trooper Harvey
Byron Chief-Moon ... Chip's Father (as Byron Chief Moon)
... Florence
... Burly Fisherman
... Animatronics Bear Cub
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Storyline

Jake Barnes and his two kids, Sean and Jessie, have moved to Alaska after his wife died. He is a former airline pilot now delivering toilet paper across the mountains. During an emergency delivery in a storm his plane goes down somewhere in the mountains. Annoyed that the authorities aren't doing enough, Jessie and Sean set out on an adventure to find their father with the help of a polar bear which they have saved from a ferocious poacher. Conflict ensues. Written by Jason Ihle <jrihl@conncoll.edu>

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A missing father. A desperate search. An unforgettable adventure.

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Adventure | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild language and adventure/peril | See all certifications »

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14 August 1996 (USA)  »

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Аляска  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,801,250, 18 August 1996, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$11,567,023, 17 November 1996
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2.39 : 1
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The bear cub was found by director Fraser Clarke Heston in a Swedish zoo and was called Agee. It was born in January 1995 and had to be trained. The bear worked well with the two co-stars. See more »

Goofs

Right after the helicopter comes to rescue the children and their father. The helicopter takes its turn around the mountain and you can see equipment and a head of a man in the left hand corner of the picture. See more »

Quotes

Ben: Sean, trust the bear.
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More Suited For Kids But Enjoyable Enough
3 December 2002 | by See all my reviews

I think it is safe to say that this film will appeal far more to a young child as opposed to an adult but if you're in a good mood and feel like sitting down and not taxing your brain, then this is the film for you.

Dirk Benedict of The A-Team plays the father of two young children who go out to rescue him after his plane crashes in the icy wilderness of Alaska. As is inevitable, they encounter the usual adventures kids have when wandering alone in the wild.

Charlton Heston is the token bad guy who is out to poach a cuddly little polar bear. Polar bears are the last animal you would expect to be so cuddly and if you cuddled one in real life, you probably wouldn't get up again but it's hard not to find the bear adorable.

All in all, a great film with the lovely Alaskan scenery and a cuddly polar bear. Check it out.


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